Following the ongoing story of the modular homes planned for the homeless in Dublin, Ireland, MHProNews last posted Nov. 27, 2015 that demonstrators representing a co-op that planned to build on the site of the modulars caused work to stop at the site. The protesters stated the plan jeopardizes the 40 low income units they had planned for the site, but the Dublin City Council allayed their fears, saying there was room for both.
The co-op maintains thee is not room for both. According to irishtimes, the Ballymun co-op, CTSL, claims it has had planning permission for the site since 2007, and that permission does not expire until 2017. A group of parents, initially drawn from the local school, Gaelscoil, Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch, each contributed 5,000 Euros (currently, $5,306) to build homes on the property. They say there’s not room for both.
“We had a builder ready to start,” co-op member Deirdre Taylor said. “Dublin City Council was to provide a bridging loan for the build, which would be paid back when the houses were finished and the members got their mortgages. Then in 2010, the council refused to draw down the loan on our behalf. The council subsequently said the site was big enough to accommodate both the modular housing and the co-op housing.”
Ms Taylor said that did not resolve the matter. “The portion of the site where the modular housing is being put is the land we have planning permission for.”
CTSL wants their money returned and vows to take legal action if necessary. ##
(Photo credit: hulldaily/Jim Coldwell–UK modular being sited)
Article submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily business News-MHProNews.